Music, You Were Our Only Hope in 2016

With 2016 (finally) coming to a close, I wanted to highlight some of the bright spots that got me through this year.

Photographing The Cure had been at the top of my bucket list for many years, and 2016 was the year I was finally able to scratch that off my list. Photographed for Paste Magazine at Madison Square Garden, NYC- June 18th, 2016

The bright spot in an otherwise dark and dismal election year was being a part of Bernie Sanders' rally in Washington Square Park, NYC  and photographing it for Impose Magazine- April 13th, 2016

Behind the scenes photo shoot with Sunflower Bean for Paste Magazine- February 25th, 2016

Experiencing a PJ Harvey live show for the first time- August 15th, 2016

Perry Farrell and I shared a moment at Coney Island when I photographed Jane's addiction show for Impose Magazine- July 15th, 2016

The Queen, Patti Smith performing "People Have The Power" to a very emotional and inspired crowd at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park when we were feeling powerless, during the RNC- July 20th, 2016

Dolly Parton making this cowboy blush at Forest Hills Stadium- June 25th, 2016

Experiencing my first Lemon Twigs performance and knowing they were about take over the world! Photographed for PopGun Presents- August 13th, 2016

Experiencing the beauty and power that is a very rare Diamanda Galas live performance. Photographed during the Red Bull Music Academy for Impose Magazine- May 13th, 2016

PWR BTTM spreading love, glitter, and attitude on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg as part of Northside Festival. Photographed for Impose Magazine- June 11th, 2016

Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill came together as Prophets of Rage in 2016 to remind us to "Make America Rage Again". Photographed at Barclay Center NYC for Stitched Sound- August 27th, 2016

"Satan Worships Death Valley Girls". Death Valley Girls were some of my favorite badass babes (and dude) of 2016 and I got to spend some time with them at Shea Stadium BK to photograph them for Impose Magazine- September 29th, 2016

Experiencing Brian Wilson performing all of "Pet Sounds" at McCarren Park as part of Northside Festival was truly special, even more so because I got to experience it with many of my equally emotional Photo Ladies. Photographed for Impose Magazine- June 12th, 2016

In 1994, LUSH at Manhattan Center Ballroom (with openers Weezer) was the first concert that Pat and I ever attended together, so it was especially meaningful to be able to photograph them 22 years later, accompanied by Pat once again. Photographed for QRO Magazine- September 14th, 2016

Peter Murphy, one of my biggest musical heroes, ended his "Stripped" tour with 2 shows at City Winery NYC and a very rare, very dramatic, and very amazing performance of "Bela Lugosi's Dead". Photographed for Impose Magazine- December 11th, 2016

 

Here's to an amazing 2017, 'cause we all really need it! 

<3

Ester